Superman's cousin gets off the dime faster than he does -- or anyway her first movie adventure gets off it faster than his did. The Omega Hedron, power source of Argo City, falls to Earth in the manner of a meteor, and into the hands of an evil sorceress ("I'm considering nothing less than world domination"). And Supergirl must travel from "inner space" to "outer space" to retrieve it. The plot propulsion is not slowed by such questions as where the blue-body-stocking-and-red-cape costume comes from. Or why, when her native city can survive only four days without the Hedron, the heroine bothers to enroll and attend classes at a private girls' school under the identity of "Linda Lee." Or how the sorceress recognized the Hedron and knew how to put it to use. Helen Slater, a far from valueless discovery, projects a believable innocence in the title role. Whereas Faye Dunaway, as her formidable foe, counters this with a jadedness which, though hardly sufficient for a practitioner of the black arts, fits in with the general strategy of soliciting the smart-aleck laugh. Brenda Vaccaro, Peter Cook, Peter O'Toole; directed by Jeannot Szwarc. (1984) — Duncan Shepherd
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